LETHBRIDGE – A Lethbridge woman facing 13 counts of cruelty to animals is fit to stand trial. A court-ordered psychiatric assessment released this week said that April Dawn Irving, 59, can be held criminally responsible. Irving was arrested in 2014 after more than 200 neglected animals were found chained to stakes, dehydrated and starving. Five dogs were also found dead on land near Milk River.
In March Irving pleaded not guilty to the animal cruelty charges but pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court and given 30 days in jail.
She reappears in court May 9.